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ALL MANNER OF THINGS by Susie Finkbeiner, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner is a story told through the eyes of Annie Jacobsen and of what her family life was like during two years of the Vietnam Era.
This talented author writes with a realism that tugs at my memory. Wow what a trip down memory lane. I graduated highschool in 1967 so there were lots of familiar things in this story. My girlfriend had a Corvair, I had cat eye glasses. I listened to the same music that Annie and her friends did. I hope readers will look up some of those songs mentioned in the book. They are still some of my favorites. I went to school with boys who were in Vietnam. I remember watching the nightly news about the war.

Ms Finkbeiner has a way of writing about everyday living that makes the ordinary very meaningful. Her words brought home to me the fact that God sees our lives as important no matter how insignificant we might think we are. He cares about us and what we do and we are part of His plan. Most of all, He us with us through all of life’s joys and sorrows.

Even though the novel is written in first person, it is very easy to read. The author uses dialogue to great advantage. The letters at the end of the chapters gave insight into several characters. I am glad to see she chose to include several generations of the Jacobsen family. It gave a more complete picture of family connections.

This was a beautifully written story. In my opinion, it is a must read for those who want a glimpse into a unique time in U.S. history. It will be one of my top reads for this year.

*A copy of this book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*


BackCover Blurb:
 When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike's absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike's safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family's home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.


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  1. The more I hear the more I love what Susie has done with this storyline and I know she put a huge amount of research and interviewing with it. I know it's going to be one of the best books of the year! Now I need to catch up and read it!

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